Photographing patterns in water can offer many interesting and rewarding photo opportunities. Whilst the photographic outcome can often be unpredictable, it is this very uncertainty that allows the creative abstract to show through.
Choose a viewpoint that looks down onto the water and look for reflections in the moving water. Choice of shutter speed will make a difference, though for best results a shutter speed that allows water to ‘move’ through the exposure will create some interesting effects.
Sometimes the reflection will have a sheen to it, looking almost metallic in appearance. Whilst any introduction of colour can be varied depending on what is being reflected in the water. For example the reflection from a blue sky, an autumnal hillside or a green leaved woodland will all impact differently.
Because of the unpredictability of the way the images will appear it is worthwhile experimenting. It is important to try different combinations of shutter speed and background reflection to compare the different end results. Be creative, as it is the only way to finally produce pleasing patterns in water with an abstract style.
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